University researchers report that the tech giant Google found 760,935 compromised websites across the web during a year-long research.
The experts from Google – Eric Kuan, Yuan Niu, Lucas Ballard, Kurt Thomas, and Elie Bursztein joined the University of California, Berkely’s Frank Li, Grant Ho, and Vern Paxson in writing the Remedying Web Hijacking: Notification Effectiveness and Webmaster Comprehension.
In the above-mentioned comprehension the team writes that the Choc Factory usually emails the admins of compromised websites operating its Search Console. It finds up to three quarters of admins will expunge malware when emailed, while about half of them act when their websites are covered with browser and search warnings.
Most admins were faster to patch and purge when tipped off by Google to the malware menace, with about 12% falling flat and being compromised again within 30 days.
The figures are pulled from a pool of 760,935 breaches Google detected in the 12 months to June 2015.
“Our results indicate that browser interstitials, search warnings, and direct communication with webmasters all play a crucial role in alerting webmasters to compromise and spurring action,” the experts state.
“… we found Safe Browsing interstitials, paired with search warnings and WHOIS emails, resulted in 54.6 percent of sites cleaning up, compared to 43.4 percent of sites flagged with a search warning alone.”
“Above all, direct contact with webmasters increased the likelihood of remediation to over 75%“.
The research is Google’s latest effort to bring web admins into its anti-malware embrace. Recently, Google has advised admins to sign up to its Safe Browsing alerts.
Currently, Google shares URLs linked to social engineering, unwanted and malicious software, in order to help admins understand the web threats.
The giant tech corporation observes about 22,000 autonomous systems, or 40% of the total active networks, providing 250 reports daily to 1300 administrators in total.